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    Farm Energy Agri-Processing (FEAP) Program Open

    Farm Energy Agri-Processing (FEAP) Program Open www.agriculture.alberta.ca/feap FEAP is a combination of two discontinued GF2 programs:
    • On-Farm Energy Management Program
    • Accelerating Agricultural Innovation Program (Stream C)
    By combining these two programs, a single program can be offered across the whole agricultural value-chain, for energy efficiency and energy management projects. Program Description: The Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program shares costs with the agriculture and agri-processing sector on energy efficiency investments.  The Program is designed to encourage energy management which will result in cost savings, energy conservation, and ultimately, reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The Program offers financial support, subject to financial constraint, to Applicants who incorporate high efficiency equipment that is identified in the applicable Funding List in their construction and/or retrofitting projects. Key Messages:
    • This program is RETROACTIVE to April 2016.
      • Applicants with eligible receipts dated April 2016 and later can apply.
      • Retroactive projects are subject to current eligibility criteria.
    • 50% cost share on most items. See Funding List for full details.
    • $250,000 maximum grant per Applicant per year
    • Funding Timeline is from now to Feb 2020
    • An EFP is NOT a prerequisite for this funding
    • Applications will be processed in a first complete, first served basis.
      • Incomplete applications will not secure a spot in line.
    • Once applications have been approved, producers can watch for emails from the grant management system: "Grant_Management_System@agric.gov.ab.ca" They will get notifications from this email address as their application moves through the steps.
    For More Information: Visit  www.agriculture.alberta.ca/feap for:
    • Application forms
    • Producer Funding List
    • Processor Funding List
    • Program Terms and Conditions
    The On-Farm Solar PV Program The program is being discontinued under GF2. It will now be a provincial program, located on Ropin’ The Web. URL is:   http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv464 This move is happening because the March 31 deadline of GF2 is causing concern among solar installers. Since they cannot be sure that they can complete projects before that date, they are unable to apply. This move should alleviate that concern and get applications moving again.  Please communicate this to your networks and drum up some business! For both programs I think most callers will just want to get at the forms and documents. You can direct them to the website for that. If producers have questions that you can’t answer, here’s where to send them:
    • All Agri-Processing Questions go to Dana Gibson:  780-980-4220
    • For Producer Questions:
     
    Forward to: Number: If caller is producer and Q is about:
    Keri McPhee 403-329-1212, x230 Status of application
    Jason Price 780-427-4181 Policy, or complaints
    Outreach Officer Kale: 780-307-7849 Applicant or equipment eligibility
     

    AAAF Memorial Bursary

    The bursary is intended for students continuing their education at a College or University. Students must be enrolled in an agricultural or environmental science program. There is a $1000 bursary available in each calendar year for each of the 5 provincial regions of the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen. AAAF Memorial Bursary Application Form The Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen, as an ongoing tribute to active or retired AAAF members who pass away, and in the spirit of continuing education valued by our Association, created the AAAF Memorial Bursary. Students must be enrolled in an agricultural or environmental science program.  There is a $1000 bursary available in each calendar year for each of the 5 provincial regions of the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen. An Agricultural Fieldman in good standing with the AAAF must receive your application with all supporting documentation by September 1st of each year. You can search out your local Agricultural Fieldman by checking our membership directory.

    Spray Exemption Deadline

    Please be advised that the spray exemption deadline is set for April 27, 2018.  Spray Exemption Agreements can be filled out, in person, at the Grovedale Office or at the Field Services Office in Valleyview.  Applications may also be obtained here and delivered to one of the above mentioned offices. A few points to remember with Spray Exemption Agreements are:
    • the agreement only pertains to the ditch, or right-of-way, adjacent to the landowners property;
    • if a landowner does not follow the guidelines within the exempted area set out within the agreement (ie. noxious/prohibited noxious weeds and/or tall vegetation present), the MD shall immediately take steps to control vegetation (which may include herbicide application);
    • agreements are valid only for one (1) calendar year; and
    • only the registered landowner may apply for a Spray Exemption Agreement.
    If you have any further questions, please call the Agriculture Services Department at 780-524-7621.

    WORKPLACE LEGISLATION FOR FARMS – Frequently Asked Questions

    Seeking Committee Members

    Greenview is seeking members for the following three committees:
    • Agriculture Appeal Committee
    • Cemetery Committee for Grovedale
    • Cemetery Committee for New Fish Creek
    If you are interested in joining one of the above please fill out and return the Board & Committee Application Form.

    Prairie Shelterbelt Program

    Are you interested in a shelterbelt or would like more information on them?  Follow the link below! http://www.prairieshelterbeltprogram.ca/ 

    Clubroot in the Peace Region – Information Update

    Clubroot Disease of Canola—Information Update Clubroot Infection and Spread

    Recently, confirmation of clubroot symptoms were found in multiple fields in Big Lakes County and M.D of Greenview in commercial canola fields. What this means is that growers within the MD of Greenview need to be vigilant with their scouting program and have in place a management strategy for this disease. Effectively managing any plant disease requires an understanding of how it survives within fields and the conditions that allow the population to increase and spread.  For more information on this topic, please click on the link provided.  Additional questions can be forwarded to Quentin Bochar, Manager Agriculture Services at 780-524-7615. Clubroot Information Update Document

    Tansy Island Clean Up 2017

    On Monday Greenview partnered with several groups of volunteers to respond to an overgrowth of Common Tansy along the Smoky River. The first Common Tansy Clean Up took place in 2016 and some of the groups involved participated in last year’s tansy control project at the same location. The Grande Prairie River Rats, 7 Generations Energy and Canadian Natural Resources Limited are returning volunteers. This year Greenview also welcomed the Alberta Invasive Species Council which joined in the efforts. Greenview Agricultural Services became aware of the Common Tansy problem on the Smoky River during a routine inspection in 2015. Last year’s work was postponed to late summer due to changing water levels and Greenview targeted an earlier start date in 2017 to reach the plants before they begin to seed. Common Tansy can spread by seed, regrow from existing roots and is rhizomatous; meaning it can grow from separated flowering stems. With the overgrowth located along the water, the tansy is being controlled through manual labour by digging out the plants one by one and burning them to minimize opportunity for it to re-establish next year. Due to Common Tansy’s invasive nature and tendency for seeds to spread with spring runoff, this plant has the potential to infest and out-compete native vegetation anywhere downstream. Watersheds that could potentially be impacted include the Peace River, Slave River, Great Slave Lake and beyond.  By being proactive now, Greenview hopes to save large areas of native vegetation along the water’s edge. This method of controlling Common Tansy and other invasive species is a labour intensive process which relies on the help of the community.  Reeve Dale Gervais acknowledged the importance of the volunteers: “We want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Grande Prairie River Rats, 7 Generations Energy, Canadian Natural and the Alberta Invasive Species Council for being part of the Common Tansy control project. A project of this magnitude wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated work of many people and we are so pleased that these community focused organizations and businesses were able to join us again this year.” Along with the control efforts, Greenview’s goal is to bring awareness that Common Tansy is spreading along the Smoky River between municipalities in our region. It's anticipated that the Common Tansy problem will need to be addressed over multiple growing seasons but with increased awareness of the plant and its potential harmful effects, Greenview looks forward to moving control efforts to the source of the infestation in years to come. 

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